2011 Big East Positive Impact Factor: B.J. Daniels Leads, Is A Game-Time Decision Against West Virginia

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback B. J. Daniels #7 of the South Florida Bulls watches play against the Louisville Cardinals November 25, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Daniels is injured and did not play in the 34 - 24 loss. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

There are three Big East football games this week (West Virginia-USF tonight is a rather important one). Louisville and Rutgers finished their regular seasons last week. Looking back at the Positive Impact Factor (what's this?) from Week Thirteen does show us a few changes in the standings.

2011 Big East Positive Impact Factor: Week Thirteen
Rank Quarterback Team Touches Total TD Neg Play XNeg Play XPos Play PIF
1. B.J. Daniels South Florida 443 17 33.2 14.3 4.1 56.4
2. Ryan Nassib Syracuse 442 23 39.8 12.9 5.2 52.5
3. Zach Collaros Cincinnati 319 22 33.2 23.2 6.9 50.4
4. Teddy Bridgewater Louisville 334 15 34.1 20.9 4.5 49.4
5. Tino Sunseri Pittsburgh 457 13 38.9 20.9 2.8 42.9
6. Geno Smith West Virginia 494 26 39.1 23.8 5.3 42.4
7. Chas Dodd Rutgers 252 9 48.4 21.8 3.6 33.4
8. Johnny McEntee Connecticut 345 10 51.9 30.2 2.9 20.8
9. Gary Nova Rutgers 244 11 52.5 51.6 4.5 0.4

South Florida's B.J. Daniels still leads the Big East standings of the Positive Impact Factor but will be a game-time decision tonight against West Virginia. The Bulls will be hoping to see the Daniels of 2009 against West Virginia if he does play. The big change from last week was that Chas Dodd dropped from 5th to 7th after a -5.4 PIF performance in a loss to UConn. Teddy Bridgewater had his best game of the season (80.6 PIF) in a win against USF last week. The victory gave the Cards at least a share of the Big East title. When Will Stein's stats are averaged with Bridgewater's, Louisville's PIF was a 50.5 this season which is a little above the minimum to be considered championship quality. Cincinnati's Munchie Legaux (72 PIF) and West Virginia's Geno Smith (68.4 PIF) kept their teams alive for the Big East title with very good performances in wins.

Now for the defenses:

2011 Big East Defensive Positive Impact Factor
Rank Team Touches Total TD Neg Play XNeg Play XPos Play PIF
1. Rutgers 446 12 43 30.5 2.7 29.2
2. Connecticut 480 21 41.7 31.2 4.4 31.5
3. Cincinnati 489 16 40.3 31.1 3.3 31.9
4. West Virginia 432 14 41.4 25.4 3.2 36.4
5. South Florida 486 19 41.6 22.2 3.9 40.2
6. Louisville 483 18 40.2 15.8 3.7 47.8
7. Syracuse 477 23 36.3 20.2 4.8 48.3
8. Pittsburgh 481 16 40.1 9.9 3.3 53.3

The big move on the defensive side of the standings was made by UConn. In the Huskies' win over Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights' QBs were held to a PIF of -28.8. South Florida fell out of the top four with their loss to Louisville. The Bulls' defense will be challenged again tonight when they face Geno Smith who has produced a touchdown on 5.3% of his touches this season. The Mountaineers' defense has been one of the toughest in the Big East to score on for quarterbacks. The USF starter will have problems whether it's B.J. Daniels or Bobby Eveld.

Check out previous weeks of the Big East Positive Impact Factor:

Week Twelve

Week Eleven

Week Ten

Week Nine

Week Eight

Week Seven

Week Six

Week Five

Week Four

Week Three

Week Two

Week One

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